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in 2009 Compact Pickup Trucks

Avg. Price Paid: $7,827 - $11,933
Original MSRP: $16,060 - $22,150
MPG: 19 City / 24 Hwy
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Used Car: 2009 Mazda B-Series Review

Review Last Updated: 4/22/13

Although it’s fine for occasional towing and hauling, the 2009 Mazda B-Series is outclassed by most rivals in terms of performance, interior refinement and comfort.

The 2009 Mazda B-Series is ranked:

When it was new, reviewers said that while the 2009 B-Series is an adequate light-duty truck, most other compact pickups are better choices if you’re looking for a refined daily driver. Still, they wrote that the B-Series rides comfortably and is fairly easy to maneuver, thanks to its compact size. Mechanically similar to the Ford Ranger, the B-Series comes with a four-cylinder engine or an available V6. While reviewers felt that the four-cylinder has adequate power, the V6 is the better choice if you plan to tow a trailer or haul heavy loads. With an automatic transmission, the four-cylinder B-Series achieves 19/24 mpg city/highway, which is similar to other trucks in the class. Four-cylinder models come with rear-wheel drive and are available with a manual or automatic transmission. The V6-powered B-Series comes with four-wheel drive and an automatic transmission. The V6-powered B-Series can tow up to 5,600 pounds, which is a little low compared with rival compact trucks.

The B-Series comes as a three-seat regular cab or an extended cab that adds two jump seats in the back. Reviewers agreed that the rear jump seats are only adequate for small children. However, that complaint isn’t uncommon among extended-cab trucks in the class. Opinions on front-seat comfort and space varied. Some said that the seats are flat and offer little support, while others found the seats adequate. Generally, reviewers wrote that the cabin uses lots of cheap, hard plastics, though some liked the B-Series’ functional, user-friendly controls. Available features include power windows, air conditioning and a four-speaker stereo with an auxiliary input jack.

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Other Trucks to Consider

Reviewers said the 2009 Nissan Frontier has one of the most civilized rides in the class, and were impressed with its powerful available V6 engine. The Frontier also trumps most compact pickups with its excellent reliability score.

The 2009 Toyota Tacoma is one of the top-ranked trucks in the class, and reviewers liked its modern design and comfortable, refined interior. The Tacoma is also available as a crew cab, and reviewers said that it’s a great choice if your truck will be a daily driver.

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